High School Football

Wesclin improves playoff chances with win vs. Central

Jason Robinson and the Wesclin Warriors ran over Central 36-13 on Friday.

Robinson rumbled for 217 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors improved to 5-3 with the victory. The 6-4, 220-pound fullback surpassed 1,000 yards for the season and had first half scoring runs of 12, 32 and 50 yards to help Wesclin build a 29-7 lead by halftime.

“He’s a stud,” Central coach Brian Short said of Robinson. “We saw him run over Freeburg last week and we didn’t have an answer for him either.”

Robinson ran for more than 250 yards and four scores in Wesclin’s win over Freeburg last week. The converted lineman and reigning Athlete of the Week has the Warriors in the playoff hunt for the first time since 2008.

“He’s such an imposing inside player that we’ve been able to get him on the perimeter and he is one heck of an athlete,” Wesclin coach Ric Johns said. “He’s just playing great for us and he’s leading by example.”

Wesclin coach Ric Johns said

“We have hit upon a few things offensively that teams are having a tough time with,” he said. “I think we are in pretty good shape with all of the playoff points that we have.”

Central coach Brian Short said

“We got embarrassed in the first half by a team that played twice as good as us tonight,” he said. “We allowed their ball-control offense run the ball down our throats, we didn’t have an answer for it.

“I tip my hat to coach Johns, I have the most respect for him.”

Up next

Wesclin wraps up regular season play next by playing host to Carlyle as Central takes on Herrin at home.